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USC's Clinical simulation lab helps prevention of hospital errors

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Nursing student Hannah Hurt inserts a nasal tube into a manikin for her daily lab procedure. Nursing student Hannah Hurt inserts a nasal tube into a manikin for her daily lab procedure.
Clinical Simulation Director Erin McKinney discusses safety procedures with the nursing class in the simulation lab. Clinical Simulation Director Erin McKinney discusses safety procedures with the nursing class in the simulation lab.

By: Emily Burke

The University of South Carolina nursing program is using new equipment to give their students the training necessary to help prevent the more than 7,000 deaths that occur each year from medication errors.

USC nursing students have used the clinical simulation lab since 2008 to get hands on, real world experience in what they will be doing.

"It's a good time just to get comfortable with the steps and the procedures. It [the lab] helps with the confidence level as well as actually obtaining those critical skills," nursing student Hannah Hurt said. 

Students learn to use the newest machines and practice, repeat and evaluate their performances in order to prevent errors. 

"Medical malpractice is an expensive and deadly game. We are all about creating and enhancing the safety with an understanding of what's important," Clinical Simulation Director Erin McKinney said.

Instructors say students practice on manikins, to perfect their techniques before they take care of live patients.

"Here students get an opportunity to come into the lab and work as much as they can to get something right before they go out to the clinical environment when they're working with real patients," said Simulation Technologist Lonnie Rosier.

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